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Boat Registration Required Year-Round On Bass Lake

BASS LAKE – As the summer season winds down, boaters on Bass Lake are reminded that registration stickers are required year-round on the lake. Now that the purchase of stickers has been made much easier with the lakeside businesses selling them, rather than boaters having to work their way over to “Sheriff’s Island,” all one need do is stop in ...

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Letters Requested In Opposition To YLP Arsonist’s Release

MADERA COUNTY — The District Attorney’s Office has extended the deadline for anyone wishing to submit letters in opposition to the release of Alice Waterman, convicted in 2014 for her part in a string of fires in the Yosemite Lakes Park area. Waterman was found guilty on six counts of arson and one count of conspiracy after more than 30 ...

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Madera County Invites Input On Hazard Mitigation Plan

MADERA COUNTY — The public is invited to participate in updating the plan to deal with the next disaster in Madera County. The County is partnering with incorporated communities, districts and others to develop an update to their 2011 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. Floods, drought, wildfires, earthquakes and severe weather are just a few of the natural hazards we face, ...

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Public Invited To Test New County Voting System Before Purchase

MADERA COUNTY – Madera County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters Rebecca Martinez has announced a series of community workshops that will allow the public to try out new voting equipment. “Our current primary voting system is nearly 30 years old,” explained Martinez. “While the current system has served all of us very well, it has gone beyond its useful life ...

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Happy Days, Highway 41 From Oakhurst To Yosemite Opens!

OAKHURST — After more than 10 days with the most traveled route into Yosemite National Park closed down due to a wildfire, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office has announced that the roadway will reopen at 2 p.m. today. Motorists should use caution while traveling in the area while fire equipment and firefighters continue operations. All turnouts and parking areas between ...

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D.A. Files Opposition To Pending Release Of Convicted Arsonist

MADERA COUNTY — Madera County District Attorney David Linn announced today that on Sept. 1, his office filed an opposition to the pending parole release from the Central California Women’s Facility, of Alice Waterman. Waterman was convicted in May 2014 of six counts of arson, and one count of conspiracy, and sentenced to 10 years and 8 months in prison for ...

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Yosemite Lakes Park Arsonist To Remain In Prison

MADERA – Kenneth Allen Jackson, convicted in 2014 on 21 counts of arson for a string of fires in the Yosemite Lakes Park area, has been denied parole by the Board of Parole Hearings. Jackson will remain in Solano State Prison. The Board’s denial was communicated to Madera County District Attorney David Linn in a letter on August 18, 2017. ...

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Ramp Closures In Madera Area For Repair Work

MADERA COUNTY — Those who travel through the city of Madera area should be advised that several on- and off-ramps will be closed for the next month during the overnight hours. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announces that closures will be in effect for the next four to six weeks on State Route 99 as construction crews work to ...

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Sheriff Honors Three Retiring Search & Rescue Volunteers

MADERA COUNTY — The Madera County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team bid a fond but reluctant farewell to three long-time members this past week. At a luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 2, Sheriff Jay Varney honored three retiring Madera Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers — Mike and Brenda Perreira, and Ron Vargas — for their years of service. “These three demonstrated ...

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Nighttime Work Begins On El Portal Road

YOSEMITE — Anyone traveling into Yosemite National Park on Highway 140 during the month of August should be aware of scheduled roadwork and delays. Nighttime road work at “the Narrows” on El Portal Road between Pohono Bridge and the Big Oak Flat intersection, begins on Monday, July 31. Work will run through the month of August, and will take place ...

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